Saturday, July 20, 2024

SCOTUS Rules on Trump Immunity: Read the Historic Decision Here “The law simply does not apply to him”


The ruling boils down to immunity in official acts vs. unofficial acts. The Supreme Court has basically made it impossible to have a trial for Trump before the 2024 election.

Trump, by appointing so many justices to the court, has probably skated on the issue of immunity. It’s a sham.

from the dissenting opinion:

Under the majority’s immunity regime, by contrast, the
President can commit crimes in the course of his job even
under circumstances in which no one thinks he has any excuse; the law simply does not apply to him. Unlike a de-
fendant who invokes an affirmative defense and relies on a
legal determination that there was a good reason for his
otherwise unlawful conduct, a former President invoking
immunity relies on the premise that he can do whatever he
wants, however he wants, so long as he uses his “ ‘official
power’ ” in doing so. Ante, at 19. In the former paradigm,
the President remains subject to law; in the latter, he is
above it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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